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Taps: 22 / Bottles: 85
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]
3408 Verdugo Rd
phone: (323) 257-3408
(Place added by: DavidStickel on 05-10-2008)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
You wouldn't suspect it from the street or neighborhood, but this is one kick-ass bar! There's no signage outside the building besides a "cocktails" one, so keep track of what block you're on and you'll get there. So what would encourage me to travel 45 miles to get to this place? Well, last night there was a BA Gathering I was a part of, where two dozen of us drank exotic beer we brought to share with everyone. I got to chat with BA's vacax, route66pubs, HopHeadLouie, IPAfiend, whiteknucklegirl, chefscott79, Mauerhan, and OlieIPA, as well as Jeremy Raub, the owner of the Eagle Rock Brewery, and of course Ryan (verdugobar), the owner of this fine establishment. Sorry if I'm missing anyone from that night. But after the gathering, I stuck around for a few hours at the bar.
Verdugo offers an exceptional atmosphere...the lights are dim, the black leather seating around the establishment is comfortable and inviting, everyone is up for a chat, and the bathrooms are spotless...just beware the bathroom only occupies one person and has no lock!
About two dozen taps are scattered at the bar, with a fridge of 80 bottles on the far right. Several types of glassware are used to match an appropriate style, and the few beers I sampled from here were tasting fresh. On-tap they had Ommegang Rouge, Double Dead Guy, Delirium, Aventinus, Saison Dupont, Islander IPA, Stone Belgian IPA, Barrel Aged Messiah Bold, Moylan's Dragoons Irish Stout, Belhaven, Hacker Pschorr Weiss, Allagash, and more. In the bottle they had Three Philospher's, Ne Goeien, Serpeants Stout, Stone Smoked Porter, and others. I settled on a Barrel Aged Messiah Bold from draft, and sampled Ne Goeien and Foret from other customers' bottles.
The staff is easy to talk to and will serve you well. In particular, I have to shout out to Ryan (the owner) for his willingness to hold a great BA Gathering, and for offering his hosptality to all of us.
Having a great crowd (including non-BA locals I spoke with during my stay), great surroundings, a great beer selection, and a great staff screams a revisit. This is certainly worthy of multiple visits from any beer lover, including me. I could have stayed all night and be merry, but I had work the next morning. Fortunately, it appears Ryan will be holding more BA Gatherings here in the future, so keep an eye on the calendar. Awesome!
10-06-2008 03:24:34 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Finally made it out here, helped there was a BA Gathering, I am a Los Angeles native but it still is a thirty mile drive to this place, we pulled up at the address and I saw nothing but a plain building with a "Cocktails" sign hanging down, and I could not believe this was the place, the inside of the bar and the atmosphere definitely made up for anything it lacked from the street, I was only ten minutes late to our tasting and there was already a good twenty people swarming the bar with a ton of Hair of the Dog Adam and Fred bottles sitting in front of them, this place had a pretty cool bottle selection inlcuding Ne Goeien Saison, about twenty taps including Barrel Aged Messiah Bold on Rye, Stone/Mikkeller/Alesmith Tripel collaboration, Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, Ommegang Rouge, Rogue Double Dead Guy, Kasteel, and others, will be going back once they tap Rubicon Rosebud because that beer sounds very interesting and LA only got two kegs of it according to Ryan, inside there was a real cool vibe, fairly dark rooms with a cool lounge in the middle, and a nice outdoor patio, bathroom sucked but whatever, did not eat there since my girlfriend and I ate at the Oinkster and hung out at the music festival right before this event, we stayed about two hours at the bar and it was enjoyable, nice people behind the bar and glad to share some brews with them, had the Dodger game on in the background too, so I cannot complain there, hopefully I will make it back here soon
10-07-2008 16:16:41 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I visited Verdugo Bar for the first time today. From the outside it looks like a dive bar but inside it's a pretty intimate spot with the bar, tables, and some outside seating. The service was pretty good even with lots of people there for the Firestone sour tapping. The quality of the beer was great and was served in the appropriate glasware. The selection is good with a wide variety of beers available. The only negative is that full beer pours are a bit pricey in my opinion. Definitely a gem in this area of town.
09-23-2012 07:16:16 |
More by UCLABrewN84
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I visited Verdugo again on Friday, 12/19/08. The tap selection was awesome, the crowd was full of beer-lovers (a change form my visit 5 months ago) and there was a generally happy vibe that was contagious. Ryan, the owner, was happy to talk with my party for a long time and ply us with beer. There were approachable ladies and upstanding guys and... the place is just great! My Stone work shirt started several conversations! You have to love that.
If only they had a kitchen, opened earlier and were located somewhere that didn't take me an hour to get to, this would be my home away from home!
Visited on Saturday, 07/05/08 at 9:00pm.
The neighborhood is a bit dodgy and it is virtually impossible to find anyplace to eat nearby after dark, but don't let that keep you away. The late opening time is a factor, though; 8:00pm is a bit late to be opening a bar. I understand that they're trying to start slowly and build up a clientele, but, as I'm an afternoon/early evening beer geek, it's tough for me to find time to get here.
Anyway, there's plenty of parking on the street or the lot adjacent to this virtually unmarked building.
Get inside and the story changes. Gorgeous wood bar and walls, inviting booths, a cool back lounge with hidden lighting behind couches, amusing framed artwork on the clean bathroom walls: the physical space is great.
There are flat screens behind the bar, but instead of the usual ESPN, these were showing "Dr. Strangelove" and an obscure Phillipino explotiation film called "For Y'ur Height Only". Excellent!
Over 20 taps of well-chosen brews make the beer lover happy; my only complaint is that the beer is served just a hair too cold. Not a big deal, though, as you can just let it warm up on the bar.
The service was really great, especially from Mindy.
The atmosphere was fine until the DJ started to crank the volume level up and begin playing stuff that may have been okay to most people but kinda bugged me.
By 10:15pm, there were several groups who had come in and tried to order Coronas and Bud Lights and so on, indicating to me that the early crowd is more beer oriented. In a way, this is like Father's Office in Santa Monica; while there's excellent beer to be had, many of the patrons are there for other reasons.
So, Verdugo Bar is certainly worth more than a visit, but it's not the great salvation of the LA beer scene that some of us were hoping it was intended to be. However, this was not designed to be a Toronado or a Liar's Club, so rating it as such would not be fair to the proprietors.
07-07-2008 05:12:51 |
More by charlzm
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Recent visit this past Saturday for the Walker's Wild Ride event (Firestone Walker) was also LA beer week.
Verdugo bar has a Outdoor patio that is filled with Tin beer signs from various breweries, with long picnic tables (almost a German Oktoberfest influence) The Inside has two rooms, one small with 3 booths, another larger one where the bar is, has about 4 booths, all of which were clean & comfortable. (though they sit a little high, my feet didn't touch the floor)
Definite Lounge decor inside. Full bar, though I was here for the beer, and the list was extensive, with a good mixed of seasonal, rare one offs, & solid quality craft beer.
Price to pour size was disappointing however. Cheapest beer was $6, & they go up from there. There was only ONE beer on the whole menu that was actually an honest pint. For certain beers, say Parabola @ 12% abv it is to be expected to get a 5-8 oz pour, and is quite typical of many bars. What is not so typical, & lowers the score for my review, were the 8 oz pour of a 5% abv witbier for the same price. Also, the sizes all listed were in "CL" which is centiliters, which is a odd choice of measurement, since 3 CL = 1 oz. & some pours were as low as 17 CL, which is a 5.5 oz pour, seems a bit unnecessary at best, and downright odd at worst. No qualms with the metric system, but I'd be comfortable in a statement that well over 90% of bars in the country use ounces, OZ as there stated pour size on a menu. They could be vague & say glass, or pint ( but it better be a 12 oz pint, or a 16 honest pint if they use pint at all) so while it may be an attempt to be very precise, even most drinks sold in stores will use either oz, or ml. I for one did not like that designation, since it's easier to make choices when I know I'm getting a 5 oz pour for $9, vs a 12 oz pour for $6.
Second reason for some deductions, was the lack of beer menu's. The Chalkboards only listed some of the newer taps, or feature beers. They had paper menu's listing all the taps, but there were only 3 of them it seemed in the entire place. A bartender even came to our table (after I'd recently taken it to have for use) & just grabbed it off our table without a word or eye contact. Seemed me having a bar menu was an inconvenience to him, as he seemed to make regular patrols to the tables on the hunt for beer menu's. Why can't they print more? None of the booths had a list of cocktails or the tap list on them. If they don't want to print a bunch every time the tap list changes, like Far bar, TDA, instant replay & many other bars do daily, that's fine. They could project the list on the wall, say how the Hermosillo or Blue Palms does, or have a chalkboard large enough to fit the full list. Not that hard, so it's just a lack of effort imo to do so.
Service was good at the bar, quick & cordial. Though it was not that crowded or busy either.
This was my 2nd attempt to visit Verdugo bar. First attempt was about 2 years ago, showed up on a Thursday afternoon around 4 p.m. on the way back from San Manuel, but they were not open until 6 p.m. (guess I'm use to bars opening just a bit earlier than that, so we headed to Tony's Darts Away that time instead) and overall, the place is cool, though a bit pricey to be a regular stop for me. Also since it's not my local, I will likely only be here where there is a rare event such as today.
09-24-2012 16:06:55 |
More by Retsinis
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere: not just a dive bar, but a dive bar straight out of the 70's. the thing that i didn't like the most was that this place seems to attract some colorful locals that will creep out your company.
Selection: not large, but beautiful. I was able to find Life & Limb on draft here, which pleased me. Russian River brews rotate on draft. Has the -tion beers in the bottle.
Service: occasionally snappy, yet patient
Value: very, very expensive. this place put a dent in my budget. i had 3 beers that led to a bill of almost $40...that was not fun to see.
08-20-2011 20:48:56 |
More by AdamBear
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
A- The ambience of this place on a Tuesday night was real nice for my tastes. Very laid back, some music playing the background, people sitting around but nothing crazy going on. Ability to have conversation here was very good.
Qual- beers came served nice and cold (how I like it) and the Pliny I had was by far the freshest I've had outside of the Russian River brewpub.
Serv- The bar wasn't the busiest it's probably ever been but the bartender was really on top of things. She wouldn't let your glass run dry without asking what would be next, and drinks would come fast.
Selection- The taps here are a collection of pretty hard to find on tap beers. Selection rotates often. A lot of good beers can be found in bottles too, even some special release type beers.
They serve beers in what looks like 3 different type of glasses - goblet, tulip, or pint. Glasses
Great place overall, would be back a lot more if I lived closer.
01-29-2009 20:50:51 |
More by MiScusi
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Woow. If its not the beer selection that brings you here its the women behind the bar. Damn. Managed to slip in on Thursday night after a failed attempt on a Wednesday, bring up my only complaint. This place needs to open earlier! Got there with a friend around 8pm and it was dead. Nice, I liked that. Within 30 minutes though the place started hopping. Managed a spot at the end of the bar and got hooked into a mini beer tasting from the spoils of travel. Ryan pulled out some nice hook ups to share and it was on. A good local selection of brews, good folk behind the bar and in the stools. Fun night, defiantly worth seeking out.
11-01-2008 21:26:34 |
More by ballewblake
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is located all of 4 minutes from my humble abode. I've been trying to get over to visit but working nights doesn't help when this place does not open until 8pm.
However, I made it out with my girlfriend this past weekend. Got there as soon as it opened and we had the place to ourselves. The neighborhood it's in is not the best, it's gotten better recently but it's still a bit dodgy as a previous reviewer stated.
No big glaring signs proclaiming it's a bar, just a simple "Cocktails" sign. It's actually a pretty nice bar on the inside. It's got great lighting (you can actually see, unlike other bars). Sitting at the bar the stools were a bit uncomfortable (you couldn't move them forward or back, but who cares really).
They had about 20 taps and do have a cask (but was out, they're waiting on something new to come in) all great stuff. The usual suspects in craft beer plus a couple from new brewery The Bruery. Our bartender was very friendly and helpful. Excluding their bottle list (they offer beer to go too!) the tap prices are quite good.
A worthwhile place to visit. Quiet until about 10pm when it starts to get crowded. If the typical LA bar scene is not your type of deal, then get here early.
07-21-2008 17:01:16 |
More by Brewlore
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
While I do kind of like the "hidden" nature and nearly dive-bar type of vibe, there is something about the atmosphere that doesn't quite click for me...
The main bar is dark with loud music (it was too loud for how many people were in the place, maybe 10), the back room is a sort of lounge set up, and then out the back door is a beer garden type of set up with lots of picnic tables... I think the back has the most potential, but it was empty on my visit. I will need to check this out on a nice day with friends. Anyway, the atmosphere is not bad, just average. I would have dinged more because of the music except for a song each by Frank Black and the Pixies. Service is OK, but not stellar for a slow night.
The selection here is really top notch and nicely curated with 30 taps and one hand pump, plus a pretty extensive bottle selection. Oh yeah, plus full bar.
Available taps on my visit were: Lucifer, Avec les bons Voeus Saison (Christmas), Stella (for the drag-along crowd), Rugbrod (Bruery), Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Schneider-Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse, Requiem (Gentleman Scholar), Fox Barrel Black Currant cider, Craftsman Holiday Spruce, Delerium Tremens, Fullers London Porter, Bellhaven Stout, Old Rasputin, Santa's Little Helper (Port), Hacker Pschorr Marzen, St. Feuillien Cuvee de Noel, PTE, Mikkeller Santa's Little Helper, Coronado 13th Anniversary, Sprcher Scotch Ale, Climax Noel (Eel River), St. Louis Fond Tradition. They were tapped out of: Gouden Carolus Christmas, St. Bernardus Christmas, Speakeasy Holiday, Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout, Three Philosophers, Solidarity (Eagle Rock Brewery!!!).
Overall a very good place, but really because of the selection. Otherwise, I feel like it doesn't quite know what it wants to be... a hipster dive bar? A place for beer lovers that can also make an apple martini to satisfy the fickle LA crowd? I don't know, but, I do know that I will be back for sure.
12-14-2009 19:49:36 |
More by JTahoe
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